Sunday, November 7, 2010

MINI-SHOPOHOLIC: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
MINI SHOPAHOLIC
BY SOPHIE KINSELLA

ABOUT THE BOOK:
The world's favourite economically challenged heroine is back... with a small friend in tow...

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) thought motherhood would be a breeze and that having a daughter was a dream come true a shopping friend for life! But it's trickier than she thought as two-year-old Minnie has a quite different approach to shopping.

She can create havoc everywhere from Harrods to Harvey Nicks to her own christening. She hires taxis at random, her favourite word is Mine, and she's even started bidding for designer bags on eBay.

On top of everything else, there s a big financial crisis. People are having to Cut Back including all of Becky's personal shopping clients and she and Luke are still living with Becky's Mum and Dad. To cheer everyone up, Becky decides to throw a surprise birthday party on a budget but then things become really complicated.

Who will end up on the naughty step, who will get a gold star and will Becky's secret wishes come true?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series as well as ,The Undomestic Goddess, Can You Keep a Secret? and Remember Me? She lives in England. 

Go HERE to read more about author Sophie Kinsella

MY REVIEW:

These economic times are tough for everyone and that even includes Becky Bloomwood Brandon, her serious minded husband Luke, and even their little princess, two-year-old Minnie. In Sophie Kinsella’s latest entry in the Shopoholic Series, MINI SHOPOHOLIC, things are so bad that they have even had to move in with Becky’s parents while they look for a new home of their own. Poor Becky has been forced to use her parents’ dining room to store her makeup and her designer boots have to make do in the garage. Thank goodness there is room in the house for her more formal dresses in her father’s den!

Becky was so happy when she gave birth to Minnie, thinking what fun this would be, and that having a daughter would make for an instant shopping soul mate! She finds out that being a mother is not all fun and shopping. Two-year-old Minnie has her own approach to becoming a shopoholic. As long as she gets what she wants, things couldn‘t be better and Minnie creates chaos everywhere she goes. In fact, as MINI SHOPOHOLIC opens it is Christmas Eve and the Brandon girls are, where else, at a mall. Minnie has a tantrum when she sees a toy pony she wants that Becky doesn’t agree that she needs…at first. What follows creates such a commotion, that Becky and Minnie are basically kicked out of Santa Land!

Minnie’s favorite word is MINE and she already knows how to bid for expensive items on eBay, making most of us question how advanced can a two-year-old really be? This major part of the story reveals what most would agree is not the best or most realistic way to raise a child. Chasing off a nanny after only one day, having no luck with even the famous TV Nanny Sue, should be treated serious but this is Chick-lit, folks! If you can’t let your imagination run wild, and if you can’t laugh at the master of these hilarious stories, Sophie Kinsella, then perhaps this isn’t the genre for you to choose. However, I find all of Kinsella’s work to be escapism at its best. And, as already mentioned, in times like these, we can all use a little of that.    
 

As Becky plans a elaborate surprise party for Luke and Minnie continues her outrageous antics, it seems for a while that everything will come crashing down around our favorite shopper! But, as always, Becky will come out on top leaving readers waiting to see what happens next for Becky and her little Minnie. The end of the book does give a possible hint of what is coming next but you have to read the book and find out for yourself. I am sure you won’t mind as MINI SHOPOHOLIC is one fast read and a fun time indeed! 
GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO DEBORAH AND THE
WONDERFUL PEOPLE AT RANDOM
HOUSE PUBLISHING, I HAVE 3 COPIES
OF THIS FUN BOOK TO GIVE AWAY
 
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READ "ABOUT THE BOOK", "ABOUT THE AUTHOR", AND "MY REVIEW" ABOVE AND COMMENT ON WHY YOU WOULD WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK

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GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
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GOOD LUCK!

151 comments:

holdenj said...

I so enjoy the Shopaholic books! I like Kinsella's other books, but enjoy waiting for these to debut!
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I think it's interesting that Sophie worked as a financial journalist (a la Becky) as she submitted her first writings.
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Teresa said...

I've read the rest of the series. I can't stop now.

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rubynreba said...

I would like to win and read this because it looks like a fun read!
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The author is going on a mini Shopaholic Christmas UK tour.
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bermudaonion said...

My mother read this book and really enjoyed it! No need to enter me since I can borrow her copy.

Pamela Keener said...

I love the escapism of The Shopoholic Series. I think it is a hoot that Minnie wants what she wants. LOL
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Pamela Keener said...

The shops she uses in her books are shops she invented or have visited. She says she would never write about a shop w/o sampling it.
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The Sophie Kinsella books are always a delight to read. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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Ann Garczynski said...

I have read all of the Shopaholic Books and would love to read this newest installment. luvtacook (at) gmail (dot) com

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Connie said...

Hi! I hear she is a great author to read even though I haven't read one of her books yet. I would love to win this for my sister as a Xmas gift..she is a huge fan of her. :)

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amandawk said...

I would love to win this book because I have read the rest and the series and really enjoyed it.
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I think it's interesting that she wrote her first book at 24.

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Bethie said...

I love the way her daughter is bidding on ebay. Very cute. I would love to win this. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Anonymous said...

I would like to read something light and breezy and it looks like this book fills the bill.


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Rebecca O said...

I love the Sophie Kinsella Shopaholic series! I have read all the others so far! I can't wait to get my hands on this one! Thanks for the chance to win it. :)

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Theresa N. said...

Sounds like she lives a wonderful extravagant I'd never attempt. Harrod's is at the top of my wish list for shopping place.

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allisonsbj3 said...

I would like to win this because I've read the other books in this series.

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Christy said...

Sophie Kinsella is one of the funnest writers around. I'll read anything she writes.

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flutterby said...

I have read all of the other Shopaholic books and am delighted to see a new one!!

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I love that it wasn't until "Can You Keep a Secret" that she revealed her true identity to the publisher

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All of the Shopaholic books are good for a laugh


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She never writes about a shop without sampling it!


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hendy said...

I have several of the first books in the Shopaholic series (though I haven't gotten around to reading it yet) so this book would be perfect to add to the collection.
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Christine H said...

Oh I'd love this book. I am a bit of a shopoholic myself, and always wanted a little girl too. I'll read this book even if I don't win it but I'd LOve to win it!!

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She had some great contests to enter, I entered one while there for cosmetics!! :) Another wouldn't let me enter, I'll have to go back and check it out more.

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Shirley said...

I think this sounds Like a cute book, My daughter and I both are shopoholics, but were better than we use to be. :)We'd rereally enjoy this fun story!

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I didn't know this is a series. We'll have to buy the first 3 books, if we win. :)

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Amy said...

I really enjoy Sophie Kinsella's shopoholic books and have been reading them all along. Min-Shopoholic sounds hilarious. I can't wait to read about Becky having a little one!

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Amy said...

It amazes me that Sophie Kinsella studied music and then politics and economics at University and strted writing novels while working in the financial industry! She's very smart and very well-rounded.

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Thanks for the great giveaway! I would like to win this book because the author brings the current real-life economic situation to her Shopaholic series in, of course, a humorous way.

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From her website, I learned that Ms. Kinsella's real name is Madeleine Wickham. Who knew?!??!?!

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